The Chinese government has banned feminine men from television under new media rules set out on Thursday. The media regulator in China has told broadcasters to promote a revolutionary culture and promote traditional Chinese values.
The rules make clear that “resolutely put an end to 娘炮 (niang pao) sissy men and other abnormal esthetics.” Niang pao is a deragatory word that in English basically means girlie guns. Another phrase commonly used to describe these people in China is, 小鲜肉 (xiǎo xiān ròu) which in English translates to little fresh meat.
Chinese leaders have been understandably worried about the cultural soft power of Japan and South Korea, where the actors and singers look barely distinguishable from lesbians.
The new rules further make clear that “vulgar internet celebrities” and admiration of wealth and celebrity”, and instead, programs should “vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture.”
Western reaction to this has been predictably pathetic, with outlets like Australia’s ABC among many others comparing banning feminine men from TV to the Cultural Revolution. The West can’t argue on the substance of this move by China so they have to resort to talking about the Cultural Revolution to try to scare people away from supporting the fact the Chinese government did this, because in America and Europe, you will find far more people agree with the sort of thing China did here, as opposed to those who support having feminine men on Television.
Even many of the biggest feminists avoid the feminine men like the plague and that is very much for a reason.
These new rules went beyond just banning feminine men from television in China, the rules call on broadcasters to limit pay for performers and to avoid contracts where tax evasion dangers are high.
Actress Zheng Shuang was fined nearly 300 million Yuan ($46 million) for tax evasion charges and warned celebrities to be good role models in society.
It is a sad state of things that its China showing the world, the sort of thing that should be promoted in the entertainment industry of a nation.
My praise of this move by China is not a praise of everything the Chinese Communist Party does but when they do the right thing I will give due credit.
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